A Bare Wall

The Cottage has a tricky wall over the heater.

The wall on the left is the issue.
The wall on the left is the issue.

It’s not very attractive because the thermostat cord runs up the wall and the outlet is in plain view.

What would you do with this blank wall? (Propane heater must stay.)
What would you do with this blank wall? (Propane heater must stay.)

I’ve been trying to think what would help this wall. I wouldn’t want to hang something that can be damaged by heat.

White floating shelves
White floating shelves

My best notion is offset floating shelves,

Picture ledges are narrower than traditional shelves but hold a lot.
Picture ledges are narrower than traditional shelves but hold a lot.

Or perhaps picture ledges which could distract from the unchangeable issues.

#1
#1
#2
#2
#3
#3

Above are 3 possible arrangements.

The white post is load-bearing and not negotiable.
The white post is load-bearing and not negotiable.

I’m sure the tenant has some interesting things to put on the shelves.

Any other ideas?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

8 thoughts on “A Bare Wall”

  1. That’s a tough one. Would it help to put the cords in one of those cord covers? I haven’t use those but I was just thinking about it for floor lamp cords in front of my living room window (sofa is out about a foot from window so I can get to the curtains). If the cords can be corralled a little the other options might become clearer.

  2. You could even paint the cord the color of the wall to help disguise it. What’s that seam that runs vertically down the wall? The one thing I’d do differently than your tenant would be to put the bed behind the moveable wall (and hide the washer, etc, with a curtain) instead of in front of the wall right inside the front door … but that’s her call.

    1. We tried to push the wall forward but it didn’t work for a number of reasons. We do have another idea which might work out better. The seam is actually a wire that runs from the thermostat across the attic and down to the heater. Jo

  3. I like shelf option #3 best, I think it detracts well from the heater and cord and looks well-balanced. #1 is good too, but #2 actually draws more attention to the heater.

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